Oxycet Mixing It and Alcohol
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Oxycet should not be mixed with alcohol. The combined use of alcohol and Oxycet can lead to complications, including severe respiratory depression, liver damage, increased risk of blackouts, and internal bleeding.
Aside from alcohol, Oxycet should not be mixed with MAO inhibitors or other central nervous system depressants, including muscle relaxants, tranquilizers, benzodiazepines (Xanax), non-benzodiazepine sedative/hypnotics, other opioids, and anxiolytics (anti-anxiety meds). A high percentage of recreational opioid overdose cases have been connected to concomitant benzodiazepine use.
The severe respiratory depression that can result from the combined use of these medications is the primary risk factor. Opioids suppress the instinctual urge to breathe by preventing the brainstem from registering elevated carbon dioxide levels. In the event of an overdose, the result can be carbon dioxide toxicity in the blood and hypoxia (oxygen deprivation).
Oxycet is highly addictive and is more dangerous than many other synthetic opioids due to its acetaminophen content. In 2009, a Federal Drug Administration advisory panel recommended that combination opioid/acetaminophen products be limited in their sales due to the increased likelihood of overdose associated with their use. According to the panel, approximately 400 deaths occur in the United States each year due to liver damage associated with acetaminophen use. The Canadian Medical Association Journal announced in that same year that they had documented a fivefold increase in oxycodone-related deaths between 1991 and 2007.
Oxycet is a combination narcotic painkiller that’s used to treat moderate to severe acute pain. Acute pain is pain that has a fast onset and passes relatively quickly (not chronic). Oxycet contains the analgesic opioid oxycodone and the mild pain reliever acetaminophen. Oxycet is particularly well-formulated for the treatment of pain following a traumatic injury in which the use of anti-inflammatories like aspirin or ibuprofen is contraindicated.
The oxycodone in Oxycet achieves pain-relieving effects by binding to specific opioid receptors in order to reduce the patient’s perception of pain. The lowest effective dose of Oxycet should be administered to reduce the likelihood of complications and overdose. The primary signs of Oxycet overdose include severe respiratory depression, pinpoint pupils, and decreased levels of consciousness.
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Oxycet should not be mixed with MAO inhibitors or other central nervous system depressants, including other opioids, alcohol, and benzodiazepines. A high percentage of recreational opioid overdose cases are correlated to concomitant benzodiazepine use. The acetaminophen in Oxycet increases the risk of liver complications and internal bleeding. Side effects of Oxycet use include constipation, fatigue, weakness, poor coordination, nausea, and vomiting.
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